An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman

An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman
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It was a busy week for hedge fund news, with the finance team landing scoops on an upcoming launch, a fund that's giving outside investors their money back, and one that's winding down entirely.
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A new hedge fund run by a one-time minor league baseball player is set to spin off from billionaire Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors, Bradley Saacks reported. New launches have been few and far between during the global coronavirus pandemic, though, as meetings with potential investors turned into video calls and business travel was cancelled.

Bradley and Alex Morrell learned that billionaire Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management is returning all outside capital in its $350 million quant fund. The fund, started roughly a year ago, had pulled back its exposure from the markets significantly in March and April. Coatue will continue trading the strategy with internal money, though, and hopes to eventually reopen it to outside investors.

And Bradley, Dan DeFrancesco, and Meghan Morris reported that a $2.5 billion Tiger Cub emailed vendors on Tuesday evening to give notice that it has started winding down business operations and liquidating portfolios.
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Valinor Management is closing — it's the first multi-billion-dollar hedge fund to wind down since the pandemic started

Keep reading to see the advice that value investors are giving each other after getting steamrolled by rising markets; a deep dive into the sports empire of Apollo Global Management cofounder Josh Harris; and a look at why live commerce could soon explode in the US. Have a great weekend,
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Advice for value-investing enthusiasts

Value investors, who seemed poised to take control during the initial market crash from the pandemic, have since been steamrolled by rising markets. For value-seekers, it's been emblematic of a decade of futility.

Rebecca Ungarino and Bradley Saacks attended a two-day virtual conference hosted by the New York chapter of the CFA Institute (the event is named after Ben Graham, the father of value investing.) Speakers flagged their picks in the quickly changing markets, and implored listeners to stick with the philosophy.
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'This is so hard!': Inside a 2-day virtual conference for value investors struggling to make sense of markets

Influencers and home shopping

An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman
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Live-streamed commerce has taken off in China on platforms like Alibaba's Taobao Live and Douyin, China's version of TikTok. Influencers are driving sales of everything from cosmetics to tech products — think home shopping TV networks, but with check-outs embedded in the platforms and payment details stored there.
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"It's entertainment plus shopping," Connie Chan, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, told Shannen Balogh. And it could soon arrive in the US.

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Social media influencers are driving billions in sales in China with live-streamed commerce. An a16z partner explains why the US could be next.

Apollo cofounder Josh Harris' sports empire

An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman
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The billionaire Josh Harris, who has cofounded a sports-investing business as well as one of the biggest alternative-investing firms, has been taking a look at buying the New York Mets.
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Meghan Morris and Casey Sullivan talked to insiders to learn more about how Harris has been applying an aggressive style honed at Apollo Global Management to the sports world.

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Billionaire investor Josh Harris is vying to add the New York Mets to his sports empire. Tycoons, colleagues, and an NBA star reveal his playbook.

WeWork competitor Knotel is stretched thin

An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman
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As Meghan Morris reports, Knotel's finances were in a tough position well before the pandemic hit, and now, the flexible-office company is stretched even thinner. Until recently, New York-based Knotel was one of the fastest-growing brands in the booming coworking and flex-space field, emerging as a chief competitor to WeWork.

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Leaked Knotel financials reveal that the WeWork rival had huge pre-pandemic losses and now has more unpaid bills than cash. It's a grim sign for the flex-office space.

Inside Airbnb-backed Zeus Living

An ex-minor baseball player is spinning off a new hedge fund from Leon Cooperman
Zeus Living's cofounders, CTO Joe Wong, COO Srini Panguluri, and CEO Kulveer Taggar.Zeus Living
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Zeus Living, an Airbnb-backed startup that focuses on corporate housing, laid off almost two-thirds of its staff in three months and saw its valuation plunge.

As Alex Nicoll reports, the startup is now planning to shift its business model after clients cancelled millions in contracts and occupancy dropped.

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After 2 layoff rounds and chaotic landlord negotiations, Airbnb-backed Zeus Living wants to shift its business model. Here's how the corporate-housing startup is plotting a way forward.

On the move

Wells Fargo has tapped Barry Sommers, the former CEO of wealth management at JPMorgan, as its new wealth and investment management chief. The post had been vacant since February. Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf, who had a nine-year stint JPMorgan and had been viewed as Jamie Dimon's protégé, brought in Sommers as the latest in a string of JPMorgan alums he's hired since joining Wells last year.

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